(1752–1825) Revolutionary army officer and governor of Massachusetts, born in Medford, Massachusetts. In the Revolutionary War, he served in most battles, from Concord (1775) on. At Monmouth (1778), he was adjutant to Gen. Charles Lee, and testified on his behalf at the court-martial of Lee for insubordination and needless retreat before the enemy. Brooks also defended George Washington at the time of the Newburgh conspiracy (1783), and was one of three officers selected to present complaints to Congress.
From The Oxford Essential Dictionary of the U.S. Military in Oxford Reference.
Subjects: Warfare and Defence.